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Demi Moore sizzles at 51: Pilates, raw vegan diet, and yoga keep her fit

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Demi Moore's age-defying physique at 51 is reportedly due to a raw vegan diet and regular Pilates and yoga workouts.

Sources say Demi follows a mostly raw, vegan diet that features organic vegetables, fruits, green juices, smoothies, and soups. Raw food devotees believe that eating greens, nuts, and seeds heated below 118°F preserves vitamins and minerals.

Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables Are Anti-Aging

Supermodel Carol Alt, author of Easy Sexy Raw, told me a raw food diet promotes easy weight loss and slows down the aging process. This is because vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and carotenoids, plant-based antioxidants that fight the free radical damage linked to aging.

"I'm never hungry, and my body is nourished," said Alt, who's gorgeous and svelte at 53. "Because raw food is so nutritionally dense, it’ll feed your body. A healthy diet is everything."

Moore, who admitted she was obsessed with being young and skinny, used to do punishing daily workouts that included running six miles a day, long-distance cycling, and lifting weights for up to two hours daily. Ironically, Demi got thinner and fitter after scaling back on her intense exercise sessions during her 40s.

Today, Demi's workouts are low-impact and mainly include Pilates and yoga. Pilates is an excellent anti-aging workout because it builds lean muscle, strengthens your core, and reduces stress, said Brooke Siler, author of The Pilates Body.

'Being Skinny and Beautiful Never Brought Real Happiness'

Despite being hailed for her fit physique, Moore confessed she suffered from poor body image and sometimes hated her body. "I have had a love-hate relationship with my body," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body. And that includes not just my weight, but all of the things that come with your changing body."

Over the years, tabloids speculated that Moore had gotten over $500,000 in plastic surgery, from facelifts to breast surgeries to liposuction to a kneecap lift. Demi has repeatedly denied these rumors.

"[The constant cosmetic surgery speculation] feels like schoolyard name-calling; it hurts," she said. "Maybe one day I'll go under the knife. It just irritates me that people are constantly saying how much I've spent on plastic surgery."

After decades of suffering a neurotic preoccupation with being sexy, Moore said she ultimately found that beauty and thinness never truly made her happy.

"I had an extreme obsession with my body," she said. "I made it a measure of my own value. "I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over. But it never lasted, and ultimately it didn't bring me anything but temporary happiness."

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